08 December 2008

Boston Legal Ends Tonight

After five seasons and a number of Emmy Awards, the legal drama from David E. Kelley --- Boston Legal --- is ending tonight with a two-hour finale.

I am not a Boston Legal avid viewer. I've barely gone through the first two seasons, trying to catch much of it as I can on cable. And I've often wondered how it kept winning Emmy's.

But I'm watching the series ender later. Just to see how it went.

According to USA Today, Boston Legal's end marks David E. Kelley's first time without any show on the schedule for the rest of the season.

Legal's end marks the first time in more than 20 years a Kelley show won't be on the broadcast schedule, a string stretching from L.A. Law through Picket Fences, Ally McBeal, Boston Public, The Practice and others. But he has two series in the works, including Legally Mad, a one-hour NBC legal-comedy pilot about a father and daughter who work in a "cauldron of eccentrics" that he says has tones of Legal and McBeal.

Never a big ratings grabber (averaging 9.2 million viewers, down 6% this season), Legal almost ended in May, but ABC added a 13-episode sendoff. Kelley thinks the show could have gone a bit longer but was glad to have time for a full-fledged finale.